Bilbao has managed to reinvent itself over the past decades to become the cosmopolitan, modern and sustainable city it is today. The transformation of this Basque city has, nonetheless, also preserved its history and traditions. A good example of this is the transporter bridge, the Puente Bizkaia, which has just celebrated its 125th anniversary. This bridge, which UNESCO has declared a World Heritage site, was the first of its kind in the world to involve a metal structure, and today it continues to be one of the symbols of Bilbao.
Two years ago in Los Machucos, Stefan Denifl managed the only victory in La Vuelta 2017 for a wildcard team. This was witnessed by the Monumento a la Vaca Pasiega, a monument built on this peak to honour the local cattle species that was long believed to be extinct. The stone cow was a first-hand spectator of the Austrian rider’s victory, who crossed the line flanked by Alberto Contador, second, and minutes later it welcomed the peloton, exhausted after climbing the extremely steep slopes on this mountain pass in the region of Cantabria.